Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!

Scholastic/Orchard. Oct. 2020. 128p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338359732.
Gr 2-6–Lowery’s latest book focuses on sharks, bodies of water, and other underwater creatures. Jam-packed with information, the text provides maps, diagrams, fun facts, and silly jokes. Lowery’s illustrations are a feast for the eyes and logically guide readers. How-to-draw tutorials are included and are generally easy to follow. The table of contents is abundant. The text doesn’t feature an index, but there is a recommended reading list. There is some misinformation about the Titanic; the text states: “This ocean [Arctic] is where the Titanic hit a big iceberg.” According to the National Museum of American History, the ship did not hit an iceberg in the Arctic Ocean, but rather it struck a North Atlantic iceberg and sank. Although the title suggests that the text will prominently discuss sharks, less than half of the book does so. However, it is unlikely that these discrepancies will deter young readers from devouring this title.
VERDICT A solid purchase for the oceanic and/or shark sections of any public or school library or home collection.

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